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Crawley student beats thousands to win national business award

A student from Holy Trinity School in Crawley who set up a business as part of the National Tenner Challenge, run by Young Enterprise, has won the Tenner for Good award for their business ‘paper petals’ where he sold bouquets of paper flowers for use in hospitals.

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Timothee Hawksley, Year 10, from Holy Trinity School receives his award.

Students were given £10 and four weeks to set up a business and make as much profit as they could.

This is the 7th year of the Tenner Challenge, and this year over 26,000 students took part. The winners were announced at the awards ceremony on the 8th of May, held at the Moorgate Auditorium in London.

The Tenner Programme gives students an opportunity to develop key employability skills and develop a better understanding of the connection between what they learn in school and how they can apply that learning in the world of work. 84% of teachers were attracted to the Tenner Challenge for the ‘real experience’ it offers to young people.

Students have a business idea and use this start-up capital to make it happen, using real money to take calculated risks to gain first-hand business experience of what it’s like to be an entrepreneur.  At the end of the month participants asked to return their £10 pledges with a £1 legacy donation to enable Young Enterprise to support even more people the following year. Students are free to keep their remaining profits, which many donate to a charity of their choice.

Michael Mercieca, Young Enterprise Chief Executive, said:  

“The Tenner programme is critical for driving entrepreneurship among young people. Every year, we hear new stories come about from all different walks of life.

“The challenge has a real impact on the young people’s employability skills and will help to encourage students to reach their full potential.”

Sarah John, Chief Cashier at the Bank of England and a guest speaker at the awards night, said: 

“It was a privilege to meet the winners of the Tenner Challenge Awards and hear about all their entrepreneurial endeavours. The challenge is a great way to encourage students to build new skills and work in a team. It is great to see how far a tenner can go!”

Louise McMenamin, Teacher at Holy Trinity School, said:

“We have run this enterprise activity over the past few years and it is a fun, engaging and creative way in which to broaden young people’s minds into the possibilities of life beyond school.

Past participants of this challenge have progressed onto our Head Team and this is proof of how early embedding of enterprise skills and attitudes can be nurtured in the school environment.”

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Local musician holds workshop with Crawley school promoting Anti-Bullying

Schools up and down the country recently spent time marking Anti Bullying Week. At OLQOH School in Langley Green, the 2019 theme was “Change Starts with Us.”

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Workshops at Our Lady Queen Of Heaven primary school were led by local musician Ollie Heath, who used the unifying and all-inclusive medium of music to get everyone fired up chanting values of team spirit, resilience, focus and respect.

The atmosphere throughout the day was electric, mirroring the type of experience you usually get in a sports arena, with Ollie using his guitar and loop station to whisk up on the spot beats, the type of which you’d usually only hear at an Ed Sheeran concert! 

Children and staff thoroughly enjoyed the special event with one pupil commenting, ‘today was an interesting, exciting and really enjoyable day which I will remember for a long time – thank you, Ollie.’

In response, Ollie said,
“when you hear an entire arena clapping and chanting in a concert, it’s electric and unifying. I use that same power to remind children how amazing they are and that anything is possible when people work together.

I’ve been coming back to Our Lady’s for years leading themed days and always have the best time! It’s an incredible school with phenomenal pupils, parents, Governors and staff!”.

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